Fresh apple slices with the sweet aroma of vanilla bean... just like my mom used to make it. They say you eat with your eyes first. But it’s true. Brown apple compote is not very appetizing. Never cook apple compote with cinnamon, fruit juice or brown sugar. One other thing, always under-cook the apples slightly as they will continue to soften while they cool.  

Fresh Apple Compote

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
5 Tbsp sugar or more to taste
1 vanilla pod
water to cover apples

  • Add apple slices, lemon juice, sugar and vanilla pod to a medium sized pot.
  • Cover apples with water.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat to steady simmer.
  • Simmer until apples are almost tender.
  • Remove from heat and let the apples steep with the vanilla bean until they come to room temperature.
  • Pour into a medium sized bowl, cover and chill.
  • To serve ladle the chilled fruit with some juice into serving sized bowls.
  • Rinse the vanilla bean under cold running water and air dry it for another use.

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